Pulcini and Hites bag double race victory at Estoril whereas Bortolotti scores pole and two thirds in Portimão
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 1 Could 2022 – Lamborghini started its bid for a fifth Worldwide GT Open Championship title in seven years in the absolute best style as Oregon Staff’s Leonardo Pulcini and Benja Hites stormed to an excellent double victory at Estoril. In the meantime, some 300km additional south, Lamborghini additionally claimed the lead of the DTM factors standings due to pole place and a pair of third locations for Grasser Racing Staff’s manufacturing unit driver Mirko Bortolotti at Portimão.
For its first look in GT Open, the weekend couldn’t have gone any higher for Oregon Staff, which claimed the Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo Europe drivers’ and groups’ championship titles final season with Pulcini and Kevin Gilardoni. The #63 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO of Pulcini and Hites began fifth on the grid and made quick progress courtesy of Pulcini to run third all through the opening stint.
Hites took over on the pit-stop and moved up a place to second getting into the ultimate quarter, however with a major tempo benefit over the McLaren of Nick Moss in the lead. The #63 shortly hauled the chief in and Hites made the essential transfer for the lead on the entry to the VIP Flip with slightly below 9 minutes left to go. Behind, Gilardoni and team-mate Glenn van Berlo introduced the #19 Oregon Staff Huracán dwelling in third place.
It was an identical story in the second race on Sunday, with Hites beginning the race from sixth however transferring up into fourth following a daring overtake across the exterior of the tight first nook. The #63 was one of the best positioned Professional class automotive all through and, following the driver-change with Pulcini, it remained firmly in competition getting into the closing levels.
Having needed to serve an additional three seconds in the pits as success penalty, Pulcini handed the Audi of Marcin Jedlinski and then closed the deficit to the leaders. Following affected person build-up, Pulcini made a dive for second place on the Mercedes of Reema Juffali with six minutes to go earlier than seizing the lead of the race from the Ferrari of Roman Ziemian, which he held regardless of late strain from the McLaren of Joe Osborne behind.
As in the opening race, van Berlo and Gilardoni produced one other decided drive to complete third in the Professional class – and fourth general – in the #19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO. Pulcini and Hites take a six-point championship lead into the subsequent spherical of the season, because of happen at Paul Ricard on the weekend of the 21-22 Could.
Bortolotti takes early DTM factors lead with pole and double podium
At Portimão, Grasser Racing Staff made its debut in the DTM, with Lamborghini Issue Driver Bortolotti main the hassle magnificently on Saturday morning by taking pole place. He maintained the lead off the rolling begin, regardless of the proximity of the Mercedes of Mikaël Grenier and Lucas Auer.
The #63 Lamborghini Huracán was the quickest automotive on monitor for the opening section of the race and held onto the lead both aspect of the obligatory pit-stop till the security automotive was deployed following an issue for Bortolotti’s team-mate Rolf Ineichen exiting the pits. Bortolotti himself then suffered a problem on the subsequent restart, dropping to fifth. However the Italian responded effectively and recovered to 3rd place by the tip after a well-orchestrated overtake on the Mercedes of Maro Engel.
Race 2 was run in related situations, with Bortolotti qualifying second on the grid however driving with 5kg additional following his third place achieved a day prior. The #63 held onto second early on however fell behind the Ferrari of Felipe Fraga to 3rd.
Bortolotti stayed in competition after the pit-stops however couldn’t fairly match the tempo of these in entrance. However, one other third place end was sufficient for Bortolotti to imagine the lead of the drivers’ championship heading into the second spherical of the season on the Lausitzring on the weekend of the 21-22 Could.